Not all dreams are free, some raise money to save a theatre

To Sleep will be the second longest piece of music in history.
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To Sleep will be the second longest piece of music in history.

Jeremy Mayall is a musician who is aiming to put people to sleep with his music.

Mayall is on the board of Hamilton's Meteor Theatre Trust, which is trying to scrape money together to save the cultural icon.

So he partnered with musicians, Kent Macpherson and Yotam Levy, visual artist Paul Bradley and lighting designer Aaron Chesham to bring about the collaboration and composition To Sleep.

Jeremy Mayall and Kent MacPherson are putting on a nine hour concert to help save the theatre.
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Jeremy Mayall and Kent MacPherson are putting on a nine hour concert to help save the theatre.

It is a nine hour piece that will go from 10pm to 7am.

"The piece has been designed to be listened to as you drift in and out of sleep. So it's a sort of experiment and we are hoping that people come along to check out this music," Mayall says.

People should bring their sleeping bag, pillows, stretcher, in fact whatever it is that will help them drift into those deep REM stages, Mayall says.

"Whatever you need for a comfortable night of lying in the Meteor."

Mayall has recently been focusing on the way people experience and engage with art.

"I think it's kind of interesting to see how music and art and lighting and the experience will have an impact on the way people sleep. It's as much a science experiment as it is art, as it is music performance."

Recently he has been involved in multi-sensory performances which has mixed both taste and sounds.

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So, sleep is a new battlefield for him, but one that is keeping the musician inspired.

If it helps save the Meteor, which was gifted to One Victoria Trust in early 2014 when the theatre's books were in the red, then Mayall is happy.

"I have long been passionate of the Meteor, I think it's a great venue for Hamilton."

In fact, he thinks it has been going from strength to strength since it was taken over by the trust in terms of the enriched cultural experiences it has brought to the Waikato.

It has enabled a lot of unique experiences, To Sleep will be no exception.

Running for nine hours it will be the world's second longest composition.

But there aren't any plans to try and get to number one.

"Second only to a piece by an American composer called John Cage, which runs for 639 years. Which is currently being played at a church somewhere in Europe," Mayall says with a laugh rolling out of his mouth afterwards.

 - Stuff

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